Hello world! (Again)

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Well, this is my first post on my new server that is. I did a complete rebuild and a new OS. So this is now running on a fresh instance of Windows server 2016 instead of the old Ubuntu LTS 14.4. It not that I had anything wrong with the old Trusty Tahr, (aside from the usual I don’t know what I’m doing with linux…)  But its time to step up and learn some better server software so I can better do the IT part of my job.

Whats pushed me into this is the fact that at work, I have had an old server. It was a 2008 era storage server with a single volume 8tb RAID 5 for data and a RAID 1 for the OS. It was an antique. I didn’t build it, I wasn’t even around when it was built. Well, there was finally a bad day for the server. I lost a data drive and an OS drive within a week. So emergency protocols went into affect.

I’ve long been talking about needing some real storage, or at least current storage. So I’ve been specing out a server. I’ve looked at all the prebuilts and the cost is a bit out of my small company’s range. So I’m looking at building.

Currently looking at a supermicro board with 32gb of ram, a Xeon-D 1518 and 18 8Tb storage drives  with 2 OS SSDs. The total storage looks like a 64TB RAID 6, a 24.5TB RAID 1, and a 8TB RAID 1, and  a 512GB RAID 1. This gives us a fast OS, Reliable Deep storage, Fast recent storage, redundant webserve. It looks to be a pretty hefty machine.

Well, the real stumbling block here is my lack of knowledge when it comes to Windows Server. So. time to rebuild the home server.

Previously I was running 2 4tb drives and a 64gb ssd. I didn’t have any RAID or redundancy set up at all. Linux was, well, something I used because of its cost. I really never learned it properly.

So I did a rebuild of the architecture. I popped 4 4tb 2.5 inch drives into a 4 bank 5.5 adapter, this opened a bunch of room in my micro ITX case and has significantly dropped the heat. I’m still running the 64gb SSD as an OS disk. but as it is now I have 7.8TB in a RAID 10 (kind of, its a windows storage space so not really a RAID array) but its redundant and big!

Today really was about getting the server up and running, installing the remote features and getting my webhost back up. So its nice to be back up and live!

Home Servers

And now for a nice look inside this website.

At the beginning of the year my server finally decided it was too old to work properly. I milked Ubuntu’s LTS 12.02 about 6 years on an old AMD dual core system with about 1.5gb of ram. I found that I couldn’t play back HD video on plex. So it was time for a new build.

I went microITX for the first time. Its quite interesting.

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This is a little ASRock system with 8GB of ram running an i5 4650k – yes its overkill. Its also got a GeForce GT 640 to drive plex. Again, overkill for video playback, but I push to apple and android so its nice to have seamless conversion.

As for the drives. you can see there are 3 4TB drives. The three WD Reds are my Media RAID. the 4TB Seagate on top is my webserve drive. And you can’t see the little 120gb 850 EVO SSD which is my boot drive.

Its up and running Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Trusty Tahr. Its been super solid, up time has been I think nearly 6 months at its longest run. It hosts quite well. That’s where the database you’re reading right now lives.

Computers

At the beginning of the year I took on a new task at work, being the actual IT support for the office. Needless to say its because we went through a major infrastructure overhaul.

We updated from our existing pushed to the limit 50mb cat6 uplink to a full 10gb dual fiber with 100mb dedicated up/down from our provider. This meant that I had to rewire the whole office. everything.

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So that’s about 1/4 of the office’s connections. re-run and re-pulled to a new switch. Previously, (before me), it was direct run to the switch room. Were talking, 300ft runs on non-insulated cat6.

The new rack is much nicer. Or it was when I put it in. Its gotten dirty now, but it runs data and phones on each desk as well as our editing server connections.

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Additionally, there’s a render server stuck in the bottom of this cage.

Lastly, you can tell I’ve become an IT person now.

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